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services that irlc provides, we also provide a social thing. i'm the community activity coordinator for the agency, and i coordinate free events around the bay area. so, the latest things is baseball games. so, anybody likes to sign up or at least inquire about events, please contact me. my contact information is on the table, [speaker not understood], i can't say my direction. anyway, why don't you give me a call and, you know, and i can certainly add you to the list. thank you very much. >> the bart issue is a really big deal. i'm not sure if that was something [speaker not understood] can take a position
on given there are many bart stations in san francisco. but every person who i've experienced with has come to take a look at it who uses a wheelchair, everyone has walked away saying the same thing. wow, i knew that there was a problem because everyone was upset about it. i had no idea how bad it was until i actually tried to use it using my wheelchair. so, we've got to keep up the fight and we've got to let bart know this is important to us. >> okay. roland, do you mind if i give out your phone number and website address to the audience? >> yeah, [speaker not understood]. thank you. >> so, roland's phone number at work is area code 415-54 3-62 22 ~. you can e-mail him at roland, r-o-l-a-n-d at ilrc-sf.org.
and the organization's website address is www.ilrc-sf.org. and if you want events, you just add back slash events to that address and you'll get to the events page. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. are there any other councilmember questions for ms. lorenz? staff? >> through the chair, carla johnson. jessie, i just wanted to thank you for coming today to speak to the council and for letting us know not only about the good work that you've always been doing, but also about some of the things that are coming up in the future. and certainly the bart action is a very important thing that we want everybody to know about so that they can put in their comment and hopefully change the direction that train is running.
>> um-hm. thanks, carla. >> okay, thank you very much. >> thank you. i appreciate the opportunity. >> you're welcome. i have public comments on this item. jerry grace. thank you, jessie. you did a great job. i know you a long time. but anyway, i think, jessie, you forgot one small thing, about may 21st. it's at the metro rally march coming up. 3:00 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon. if you get in touch with jessie, people want to go, get on the bus and get down to central metro to our rally and we'll give you lunch and we'll
go up there to talk to people up there in the capital and talk to them what they want to know, what's going on in your life and what's going on in your life. and please talk to jessie -- excuse me. [speaker not understood] i will be there and people don't know who i am, i'm jerry grace. another thing. about you left out the www.bart.org. again, www.bart.org. that way you can get in touch with anna, somebody i know at bart. thank you.
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hello, my name is larry juicy edmonds, and i would like to say to lrc i hope that maybe we can advertise in the central city newspaper because this -- i know the work they've done and i love what she talked. i feel there is someone who [speaker not understood]. you felt wonderful with this young lady speaking on our behalf. but i think many of us in s-r-os, we don't know it exists. it would be so great if we could have them put in a community calendar, too, in san francisco. and my other thing is because a lot of us go through a lot of different [speaker not understood] being disabled. we don't have a right that we're victims. i think this would be another great agency to work -- people were talking about how people were taking people with disability's money. they were getting sign up for people to leave you alone.
property managers, sometimes they don't really -- we put a note to our tenants, s-r-o tenants, somebody go to case manager. case manager sometimes has to be able to do their job. i think being a person with disabilities, that we really should have more visibility and make the country better and with the speech from the president. "the road ahead will be long. our climb will be steep. we may not get there in one year or even in one term. but, america, i have never been more hopeful than i have tonight that we will get there. i promise you, we as a people will get there." [speaker not understood] keep it with me because [speaker not understood] at church. he told us about [speaker not understood] that's why they're together. "we cannot have a thriving wall street while main street suffers." he
you'll like all of these. ~ "i may not have won your vote tonight, but i hear your voices." >> thank you very much. thank you very much. so, we want disability council to be like our president. we want the mayor's office of disability to really be for people who have disabilities in the city. like i say, the independent resource center, i understand you're going to be moving soon. we can get closer so i hope to see in the future more access to irlc with the mayor's office of disability supporting us all in this great city of san francisco where we know we can, we found a cure to aids. [speaker not understood]. we can do this for the small amount of people who still resides in san francisco. thank you. took my three minutes. >> and we are now taking a
hello, yes? >> there we go. >> anyway, good afternoon, everybody. i am cathy kudlick. i am director of the paul k. longmore institute on disability at san francisco state. just to give you a brief overview, i know not a lot of you knew paul and worked with paul. he was in this room many times. and the longmore institute of san francisco state university is kind of a -- it brings together advocacy, academics, culture, and the whole point of it is to get people in conversation that might not otherwise be in conversation and to change attitudes about disability. so, through cultural initiatives, through academic programs, through basically changing people's minds. and the idea here is that you take something like culture and you get people to think about disability as a form of experience on a par with race, gender, social class, all the things we care about.
if you can get people to think about disability differently and disabled people differently, then they will change their attitudes about employment, employing people with disabilities, or with service provision, all of these things. so, all of our programs with designed to do that, kind of that work. and we're eager, we're delighted to be here and hopefully working through some good partnerships with the mayor's council on disability and with other groups in the city. just briefly, a couple of our other projects besides the one that i will talk about at length, one of them is the super fest international disability film festival which we will be having on november 2nd at the jewish community -- jewish contemporary museum in downtown san francisco and it will be a day-long film festival that we will show film shorts, doing the judging shortly. we're going to partnership with the san francisco light house
for the blind to run a film festival which is always amusing to people, but part of that is to think about what it really means to deliver films, to make films, to talk about films, and that they're not just visual. there are sound elements. there's conversation elements and there's all sorts of things that people care about. so, that's one of our initiatives. another initiative that we will be exploring down the road is relationships between disability and aging as a cultural phenomena, what can people with disabilities teach older citizens as they age. there are a number of partnerships. what i'm here to talk to you about today is an exhibit that we're putting together at san francisco state, but it will be at the ed roberts campus in berkeley, and it's called patient no more, and it's a play on words. the idea is patient no more, people with disabilities securing civil rights and there's a play on patient, as in medical patient that people with disabilities are not just
medical patients a jessie lorenz, the previous speaker made clear. and the notion is also to think about being impatient. that is, we're not going to put up with garbage any more. and we're focusing for the 25th anniversary of the americans with disabilities act on the 504 demonstrations in 1977 in san francisco on the federal building. briefly, for those of you that don't know the story, in 1977 about 100 people with disabilities came together at the federal building right, kind of a block or so from here. they came together and they were frustrated because the newly elected carter administration had refused to sign the 504 law that had already been passed, all it was waiting for was a signature so that it could be implemented. and the people with disabilities were tired of being pushed aside, saying, yeah, yeah, yeah, we'll sign it or it's got to go on full
review, we've got to do this, oh, just a minute, just a minute. and people just got fed up. so, they occupied the federal building for 25 days. it's the longest occupation of the federal building in u.s. history and there were people with a wide variety of, wide variety of -- people with disabilities. you had blind people. you had quadriplegics. you had deaf people. you had people with cognitive disabilities. you had people from different races, social classes, different experiences of disability, different experiences of activism. and they had never worked together before in such a way. for 25 days these people were in a building together, right two blocks from here, and they created an environment where they could have the conversations around disability and disability awareness, but also about activism, how to change hearts, how to change minds about what should happen.
and you had amazing conversations happening, but not, you know, most americans and most people in the area are not familiar with this history. even people in the disability community are not familiar with it. and the reason we're focusing on it is -- well, there's two main reasons. one, it has a direct link to the americans with disabilities act because this 504, section 504 that they did succeed in getting the government to sign into law is the basis of much of the americans with disabilities act. it's at the core of the americans with disacts act. so, we wouldn't have the a-d-a in the way that we have it today. the other thing that's amazing about it is that it's a bay area phenomena. it really shows how the bay area was active and the unique features about the bay area and the bay area history. there were 11, i think 10 or 11 federal buildings that were either occupied or people protested in front of them across the country. everywhere else, they were starved out.
new york, washington, whatever, the police came in or the people in the community refused to help them. in the bay area, what was amazing is you had this coalition of community groups, of politicians, of people that really cared about disability rights. or if they didn't care, they learned to care. and this was partly because of activism of the disability rights, the organizers at the protest. they had sewn seed all over the community and the bay area. so, you had this amazing phenomena where you'd have like the black panthers, ~ safeway, mcdonald's, glide memorial church. all these mazing bay area institutions contributing to the protest in some way, bringing in, in the case of the black panthers, they brought in hot food. they brought in -- politicians had showers brought in. so, it was possible for it to happen because the local political people really cared and really started to get it
about disability. and because the disability activists themselves were incredibly articulate about what they wanted, what their goals were, what needed to happen, and how people could help. so, it's this wonderful moment in history with a wonderful model of how this can happen. and, so, we're highlighting it. one of our goals, the most important one is to highlight some of the stories that people don't know about the protest, how active people of color were in the protest. that's been kind of left out of some of the conversations, how organized and exciting some of the conversations were in this room. and we're working with students and faculty at san francisco state. this is how we kind of save a little money or, you know, work with the resources we have. we're working with journalism students and faculty and history students and faculty. they're doing oral histories.
they're going out into the community and talking to people that have never been talked to before about their experiences of this protest. we're getting incredible stories. it's just going to be absolutely amazing. and then we're also working with students from design and industry at san francisco state. they're designing prototypes for the exhibit stations and what they will look like and the fonts. we're building in multiple funds of access from the beginning. it's not just oh, we have to make this accessible to blind people after it's over. it's more, what does it mean to construct an exhibit so that you understand it, multiple groups of people are going to come in and access the exhibit in multiple ways. so, it's a really exciting and very kind of collaborative exercise. we would like from the mayor's commission -- i come asking
about three things and from the community in general, too. the first one is for you to help spread the word about the project to all sectors of the community. we're looking for people that might have contacts, people that worked in the federal building. if you know he anyone that was involved in the protest or might have stuff related to the protest, ~ spread the word to all of those people and let them know we're looking for information and we're still looking for some people to interview and there's a few people that we still haven't been able to find. and unfortunately, many are passing away, too. so, that's one thing. we want you to help us publicize it. two, we'd like to have the exhibit somewhere -- there is a traveling portion of the exhibit. we'd like to have the exhibit somewhere in downtown san francisco, maybe perhaps in city hall somewhere to celebrate san francisco's legacy or, you know, to get
that kind of rolling so that there's conversations with the community that will have programming and things like that. but we want -- we're looking for a space to do that. and then third, we don't have a number you can text for money or anything, but we do have -- we do have financial needs also. so, if anybody knows anyone who has recently won a lot owe ticket and you're looking to know what to do with the winnings, more seriously, if you have any kind of partnerships, groups that you've worked with in the city, either individual, possible donors that are more culturally inclined that want to support something that really celebrates san francisco and a really unique feature san francisco at that, or if you have any corporate contacts, things like that, that would be really helpful to us. we now have enough to do the exhibit at a minimum -- you know, it will be a good exhibit no matter what, but every
amount of money we get now will make it really that much more dynamic, that much more accessible, and that much more really interactive and really put a mark on the world about this issue and disability rights and exciting technology and kind of bringing together all the forces that make san francisco so unique and so interesting. so, we're really, really excited. if anybody wants to get involved volunteering or anything, talk to me. i brought some literature. carla asked me if it was in an accessible format and i immediately said no. unfortunately i didn't have access to the braille printer this morning when i was collecting all the stuff. the one accessibility feature in it is kind of funny, is that there is a -- it's stapled on the left side on -- or the right side on some of them so that if you're left-handed it's easier to open. that's what my student intern said when he photocopied it
backwards. [laughter] >> [speaker not understood]. we do have lots of information. all of this information is actually online. the e-mail or the web address is www whatever,.,., whatever, longmore institute. so, that's l-o-n-g-m-o-r-e institute,.sf, sfu,.edu. i have cards and come see me and i'll spell it better. or maybe it can reflect somewhere on the record. that's all i have to say formally. i'm really excited and i look forward to whatever kind of partnerships we can find in this. and i'm open to any questions or comments and things like that. >> thank you for your presentation. i have councilmember roland wong.
>> this brainstorming where you may put the exhibit, the main library may be a possibility. either wherever -- you can talk about service there. >> that's a great idea. yeah, thank you. >> i can't think of any others, but i'm sure there's many places you can set up your exhibit. >> absolutely. and we will have one at san francisco state, of course, too, but we'd like to have something downtown because san francisco state is way on the edge. >> right. >> that's a good ways, too. >> okay. >> councilmember derek zarda. >> thank you so much for coming here today. i'm a huge fan of the longmore institute, ever since attending its inauguration. and i was just curious, for those in the community who maybe have some ideas around some cultural projects to further promote, you know, the
disability culture, possibly starting up their own little group and trying to seek partnership with your organization, is that something you would be open to? >> yeah, sure, i'm always open to everything and would love to talk to people about their ideas. the one, the one thing that's just to know at the moment we're two staff people. so, we're trying our best to do what we can and it's great. and i love ideas. i love talking to people. and, you know, if we find a really good synergy, let's go for it, yeah. i can't promise to everybody everything, but i am open and excited about whatever we can do together. that would be great. you know, that's one of the wonderful things about being in san francisco and having groups. but yeah, definitely talk to me, see me, come by. we left one other thing off to say about the institute. we have a beautiful library that started with paul longmore's books, you know, we
inherited a lot of his stuff when he passed away and started with his amazing disability book collection. and i added a lot of mine. the assistant director emilie betiks added some of her. then people started hearing about us having this library. so, they're donating it. so, we have some amazing collections of stuff there. unfortunately, we don't have the ability to check it out yet because we can't come to your house and do what the library might do to get it -- come to the institute and sit down and consult the books there. that's wonderful. but yes, new york city thank you, -- derek? yes, thank you. >> thank you. >> any other councilmember comments, questions? ~ i just wanted to say that i'm embarrassed because i didn't know that the cradle of the disability activist movement
was san francisco. so, i found that -- >> isn't that the coolest thing ever? >> like many other things, the environmental movement and so many other things. but -- so, that's exciting and i want to thank you for bringing that piece of history back to our attention and doing this exhibit. >> yeah he, well, thank you. and, yeah, if anybody has any ideas ~ or anything or know people, like i said, that's great. yeah, and spread the word because that's really going to make it a difference. one other thing i'll say to get it on your calendar, you can go to the independent center for independent living here in san francisco on july 26th, 2014, but save july 26th, 2015 to come to the opening of our exhibit. we'll have a big gala opening at the ed roberts campus. but we'll spread word around big time before then, so. >> carla?
>> through the chair, carla johnson. thank you so much for coming today to tell us about the work that you're doing and also about this very special project with the 504. many of the councilmembers may remember ken stein, our long-time staff person at the mayor's office on disability and he was one of the people that was there in 1977 and was also one of those really important vocal advocates in the community who has shared his story in the film that you can see by just googling 504, history of 504, i think is what the name is. >> the film is called the power of 504. >> right. >> right. >> i really enjoyed watching that fitv. ~ film. >> yes, and other films we found combing the archives, we have an amazing film that came from the glbt archives. there's footage in there, the disability rights people that were active in it, haven't seen
-- so, there's a lot of different stuff we're uncovering and the power of 504 film is great because it gives the complete overview of the project. and, so, this is our starting point and [speaker not understood], he's one of our advisors. we're working closely with him. >> and speaking of the anniversary of the a-d-a, our office for years actually organized the anniversary celebration here at city hall and our deputy director joanna fraguli is one of the wonderful ones, too. i remember seeing paul at our last one and it was just such a, you know, a precious moment to have been able to hear paul speak. so -- >> yes, it was on youtube. it's beautiful. >> it really is. it's another thing i encourage people, you know, to search and to listen to. so, we're delighted that you're carrying on the legacy out at san francisco state. it's a hotbed of activism out there and we're just happy to
have you as a partner. >> thank you, thank you. >> one more comment. >> the chair again, this is joanna fraguli. and i have a question for you. i know that the 504 is an important local legacy that we will never live down, right? i'm wondering if you are going to include in your exhibit other things that led to the a-d-a signing, like the capital parole. the capital parole is one of those forms of activism that gets such little play, and yet it was started with a previous director, executive director of the independent living center in berkeley. >> um-hm. >> so, i'm wondering if there are going to be tie-ins to the exhibit. >> yes, that's a good point. thank you for letting me
clarify that. i don't want to make it seem like the bay area brought us the a-d-a. obviously, yeah, there's other -- and that moment brought us to a-d-a. there's other moments of activism that came before and then after as well, such as the transit strikes, which it would be interesting for people to remember now with the bart stuff. but the capital crawl, we're going to have a panel -- we're kind of hashing out the stories now. but one of the panels will deal with the sort of activism and other things that led to 504 and that complemented 504. so, you know, we're not going to just let people walk away thinking, you know, that was it. but, yeah, thank you for letting me -- giving me the excuse to say that, yeah. >> and also, because i know when you and i spoke privately a few moments ago, we talked about the intersections of race and gender in the disability community. >> um-hm.